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Description

MAKNEE is user-friendly and safe tool to assess the health and quality of the knee joint. MAKNEE measures kinetics, acoustics and temperatures which can help to diagnose multiple knee disorders – such as osteoarthritis – at different stages. Rapid diagnosis can hinder the progression of joint diseases, as different instructions can be given to slow down the prognosis, reducing the pain of the damaged joint. MAKNEE can also monitor the effectiveness of rehabilitation and predict the progression of joint diseases.

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Use

MAKNEE provides a safe and painless solution to evaluate the condition of the knee. The measuring device is placed firmly around the knee. Multiple easy tasks are then required to be performed by the patient, such as walking or bending the knee while sitting. During this test, the behaviors of the joints are evaluated and combined together to provide an overall assessment. Finally, the results of the analysis are provided through a software, giving an overview of the joint’s condition.

Benefits

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Ease-of-use

user-friendly and fast testing

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Accuracy

diagnosis of multiple knee disorders

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Safety

the device is external and does not harm the user

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Reliability

tested in clinical trials in hospitals

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Cost-effectiveness

enables early diagnosis

Background

Osteoarthritis is the most common articular disease in the world. While the pain mostly occurs during movements at early stages, the severity of the disorder increases with time and the pain becomes chronic, even during resting times of the joint. Eventually, the pain affects the life of the person affected, inducing an inability to perform daily activities, or at least reducing them. In Finland, osteoarthritis is the cause of 6% of invalidity pensions and leads to more than 600 000 medical visits annually. The cost of osteoarthritis to society has been estimated at nearly one billion euros a year.

Future

While our main focus has been addressed to the diagnosis of osteoarthritis, clinical trials are planned to further validate the potential of MAKNEE to detect other joint diseases. Beside osteoarthritis, We estimate that our device can also detect anterior cruciate ligament damage, tendonitis, other ligaments injury, meniscal tears, etc.

Team

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Simo Saarakkala

Lead researcher

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Jérôme Thevenot

Project manager

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Aleksei Tiulpin

Development

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Iivari Kanninen

Business

Events

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IUPESM 2018

MAKNEE project member Vesa Virtanen has been accepted to present his work Quantitative Assessment of Osteoarthritic Knee Instability: Comparison with Conventional Imaging Modalities, in the World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering in Prague June 3-8, 2018.

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WVAC 2018

MAKNEE project member Bijay Shakya will present his work Detection of experimental cartilage damage with acoustic emission technique: An in vitro equine study, in the 34th World Veterinary Association Congress in Barcelona, on 5-8 May 2018.

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OARSI 2018

MAKNEE project member Aleksei Tiulpin will present his work Acoustic Emissions and Kinetic Instability as New Clinical Biomarkers to Noninvasively Assess Knee Osteoarthritis, in the World Congress on Osteoarthritis on April 26-29, 2018 in Liverpool.

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SLUSH 2017

30.11-1.12 MAKNEE is participating in the 2017 Slush event. Slush is the most important startup event in Europe, bringing together over 2,000 startup companies and over one thousand investors.

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Nestholma 2017

MAKNEE has been chosen to participate in the fourth Nestholma accelerator program in Oulu. In this accelerator MAKNEE team is focusing on developing their value proposal and pitching skills.

Contact us

location_on Oulu, Finland

smartphone 050 594 2879

email Maknee(at)oulu.fi